Breakfast: Almond Oats with Chia Jam

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This is a novel way to enjoy a fruit jam when fresh berries are in season, though you can also use frozen if you let them defrost first.
This magical method allows you to totally eliminate the use of refined sugar; though you may sweeten with some honey, maple or agave syrup if the fruit is too tart.

The star of this show are the humble chia seeds. They might not look like much in their dry form, but once they’ve been soaked for a few minutes, or even overnight in a liquid such water, almond/coconut/rice milk or in this case, mashed fruits, they swell up in size and become almost like the texture of tapioca.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries; mashed or chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds (more depending on the juiciness of the fruit)
  • 1or 2 tbsp. honey/syrup
  • 1 or 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Method

The ingredients are approximate depending on how thick you want the jam and the quality of the fruit.
The amount of sweetener can also vary according to your taste. Try adding it at the end after tasting to adjust accordingly. Simply place the mashed fruit in a bowl with the chia seeds and lemon juice and stir the mixture before setting aside for about 20 minutes.

The seeds will absorb the juices to form a thick jam. If it is too runny just add a few more seeds and mix again.

Optional: If you want to, you can reduce the fruit a little over a low heat before adding the seeds off the heat; either method works.

This recipe will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, or instead it can be frozen.
Make often and enjoy it’s nutritive and digestive health benefits!

How to use

This is the easiest fruit jam to make and can be spread on toast or used to flavour yoghurt, cereal or smoothies.

Here I have served it with gluten-free oatlets that have been soaked overnight in almond milk and sprinkled with toasted split almonds for a refreshing, nutritious breakfast.

Many variations are possible by experimenting with the fruit and nut milk.

Chia bia whole chia seeds
Chia bia Whole Chia Seeds

Nutrition

Chia Seeds are high in nutrients, including calcium and magnesium as well as being high in omega 3, fibre, antioxidants and protein.
They can be easily added to the diet by sprinkling on top of muesli, granola, porridge, yogurt and smoothie, or even used as an egg replacement.

Berries are choc-a-block full of powerful antioxidants such anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C to help reduce inflammation, support the immune system, skin and hair health and look after you overall.

They’re also rich in a plethora of vitamins and minerals, fibre and water to keep your digestion at its peak, your skin glowing and your insides happy.

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